Southmoreland golf team tries to rebuild
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Gene Spadaro's second year as coach of the Southmoreland boys golf team is proving to be more challenging than his first.
Spadaro lost four of his top golfers from last year's squad to graduation, leaving the Scotties with a lineup of new faces.
“It's definitely a rebuilding year,” Spadaro said.
All hope is not lost. If there ever was a good time to rebuild, it may be this season.
According to Spadaro, most of the teams in Section 2-AA are facing the same problem.
“It seems like every other team in the section has lost their top three or four guys,” Spadaro said.
Junior Zach Stefan will head Southmoreland's lineup in the first slot. Stefan was the Scotties' fifth golfer last season.
“He's so consistent,” Spadaro said. “Before the match even starts, you can mark down a 44. Zach averages a 44 no matter the course. You can put him with anybody and he will consistently shoot a 44.”
Another junior, Phil Lockhart, is slotted second.
“Phil puts a lot of time in,” Spadaro said. “He's getting there, but he needs to be a little more consistent.”
Sophomores Josh McCue and Cory Schafer are battling for the third spot. Both are evenly matched, giving Southmoreland stability in the middle of the lineup.
“They were down around No. 7 and No, 8 last year and were just outside the starting lineup,” Spadaro said. “They will pretty much shoot the same score.”
Sophomore Sam Sager is penciled in at No. 5. Junior Brock Grabiak and freshman Noah House are fighting for the sixth slot.
“The five-six-seven guys are all within two or three shots of each other,” Spadaro said. “One good thing is they push each other in practice. Our top two guys are really close in ability, as are the No. 3 and No. 4 guys. It's the same way at the bottom of our lineup. The strength of this team is how hard they work.”
Joining Southmoreland in Section 2-AA will be Frazier, Geibel, Greensburg Central Catholic, Jeannette, Mt. Pleasant and Yough.
Dave Stofcheck is a freelance writer.
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